Porto beats 9-man Shakhtar 2-1 in Champions League

Kleber scored a 51st-minute winner as Porto rallied to beat

nine-man Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Tuesday in the Champions League.

Brazilians got all the goals in the Group G match at Porto’s

Stadium of the Dragon where the home team missed an early

penalty.

James Rodriguez broke down the left flank and crossed for the

unmarked Kleber to poke in the ball as Porto mostly dictated the

play against the Ukrainian team, hitting the woodwork three

times.

Kleber’s goal completed the turnaround after a mistake by

Porto’s goalkeeper gifted Shakhtar the lead in the 12th minute.

Helton failed to hold a weak shot from outside the area by Willian,

spilling the ball for Luiz Adriano to tap in.

Brazilian striker Hulk equalized just before the half hour with

a spectacular free kick from 25 yards out before defender Yaroslav

Rakitskiy was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Joao Moutinho

just before halftime.

Dmytro Chygrynskiy was shown his second yellow card in the

80th.

Hulk had squandered an early chance to put his team ahead,

hitting the woodwork from the penalty spot in the 10th, but

Olexandr Rybka then barely got his fingers to Hulk’s powerful free

kick.

”Our finishing was poor … but we kept our cool, waited for

our chances and got the three points,” Porto coach Vitor Pereira

said.

Pereira was making his Champions League debut after replacing

Andre Villas-Boas, who moved to Chelsea at the end of last

season.

”We were up against a quality team today. They tested us,”

said Pereira, whose side must also face APOEL Nicosia and Zenit St.

Petersburg in Group G.

Shakhtar Donetsk, a Champions League quarterfinalist last year,

won the UEFA Cup in 2009. Porto won the Europa League, Europe’s

second-tier competition, last season.

Porto almost took the lead in the fifth minute when Hulk’s shot

took a deflection, ballooned over the defense and bounced off the

crossbar.

Porto poured forward, with Hulk leading the charge, and the

visitor was pinned in defense for long periods.

Eduardo breached the Porto defense in a rare foray before a

sliding tackle by Fernando denied him a shot.

Rodriguez also hit the post from outside the area in the final

minutes.